ACLP Board of Directors: Positions & Qualifications

To be eligible for consideration by the Nominating Committee, a candidate must be a Certified Child Life Specialist and an ACLP member in good standing, with demonstrated leadership abilities and a record of active engagement in ACLP and/or the child life profession in general.

Board of Directors Positions

  • President

  • President-Elect

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Director

Key Responsibilities/Duties of All Board of Directors Members

  • Determine the organization's mission and purpose and review these on an annual basis
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Determine and monitor the organization's programs and services
  • Ensure that ACLP follows its strategic directions and goals
  • Evaluate the organization’s success in achieving stated goals
  • Select and support the Executive Director and review her/his performance
  • Ensure adequate resources
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Enhance the organization's public image
  • Assess the Board's performance

Board of Directors Qualifications

  • Member of ACLP in good standing
  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Successful in career and a high degree of professionalism
  • Actively engaged in the organization and/or the profession
  • Able and willing to advance the association and child life profession

Attributes Sought in ACLP Board of Directors

The following criteria will be considered by the Nominating Committee during the selection process.

  1. Commitment and involvement with the Association of Child Life Professionals, as demonstrated by past participation in one or more ACLP committees, task forces, work groups and/or other volunteer activities.
  2. Recognized leader in the child life profession: Examples include, but are not limited to, leading a child life department or program, volunteer leadership service for ACLP or another organization, or scholarship contributing to the field.
  3. Relevant expertise in various aspects of organizational management, such as fundraising, corporate and media relations, finance, and/or strategic planning and alliances.
  4. Commitment to participate in three to four board meetings per year: ACLP supports travel and lodging for all Board meetings. Board members are responsible for their own food (other than group meal functions) and incidental expenses.
  5. Positive leadership attributes 
  6. Emotional intelligence 
  7. Ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussion when needed 
  8. Visionary and strategic thinker: Demonstrated involvement in new and innovative programs within their sphere of influence. Examples include,but are not limited to, incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit in achieving goals.
  9. Able to listen to all perspectives and focus on the needs of membership as a whole

Characteristics Sought in ACLP Leaders

  • Leadership skills
  • Commitment to ACLP
  • Enthusiasm
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Open-mindedness

Time Commitment

Board members attend two Board meetings (one in the fall and one during the Annual Conference) and participate in two to four conference calls each year. Additionally, Board members participate in conference calls and ongoing communication with their assigned committees, task forces, and work groups. All Board meetings are funded by ACLP, and Board members will be reimbursed for approved out-of-pocket expenses.

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